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Average Salary for Claremont McKenna College Alumni

Around 1,000 people attend Claremont McKenna College, a institution based in Claremont, Calif. The liberal arts and sciences play a large role at the school, and many students enjoy this type of curriculum. The data for this snapshot was collected from Claremont McKenna College graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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Director of Operations
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 13 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 52

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About This School

500 E 9th St
Claremont, CA 91711-6400


Private School, Liberal Arts

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Former Claremont McKenna College students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the software development industry, the education industry, and the health insurance industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the consulting industry. Median pay for those who graduated from Claremont McKenna College amounts to $65K.


Claremont McKenna College grads who become Directors of Operations garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average $80K annually.


Many Claremont McKenna College grads flock to San Francisco, Calif. Los Angeles, Calif. is another hot spot for Claremont McKenna College grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $113K). Though Chicago, Ill. takes the cake for lowest pay among Claremont McKenna College grads (the median salary is around $49K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Washington, DC is also a top pick, as is Seattle, Wash.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid Claremont McKenna College alumni are those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Economics — they earn close to $105K on average per year. A B.A. in International Relations is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of approximately $40K.


Claremont McKenna College alumni are often well versed in Microsoft Excel, with between a fifth and a fourth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Claremont McKenna College grads with SQL experience garner salaries that are more than double other grads' salaries. Other prime know-hows include Project Management, Data Analysis, and Financial Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one in three grads for sick time. A large number of former students report contributing to a 401(k). Dental insurance applies to most alumni, and a large number of grads report health coverage. Additional perks enjoyed by Claremont McKenna College grads include a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Occidental College grads bring in salaries of around about $62K, making them the most similar to Claremont McKenna College alumni in terms of earnings. Pitzer College, Scripps College, and Harvey Mudd College are also similar to Claremont McKenna College.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1980 2250
ACT Scores 29 33

Key Stats for Claremont McKenna College


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68 %
$38,127 - $80,000
$49,831 - $121,856
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

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